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Ducted Air Conditioning in Adelaide

Ducted air conditioning is the most versatile air conditioning solution for any home. It is one of the most popular choices for homes in Adelaide.

The reverse cycle ducted air conditioner produces both hot and cold air and keeps your home warm in winter and cool in Adelaide's baking summers.

You will have the ability to direct cooled and hot air to selected zones within your home in Adelaide.

The technology and features of the ducted air conditioning systems have advanced considerably over the years.

Ducted Air Conditioning Features

  1. All-in-One Climate Control

Instead of having to install a separate heating solution, you can install just one ducted air conditioning system that does it all to keep you comfortable in Adelaide.

  1. Extensive Area Coverage & Zoning Capabilities

Unlike Split System air conditioners, which require a wall unit in each room, ducted air conditioning distributes conditioned air via a network of ducts and air vents.

New models come with advanced zoning capabilities. This means you can preset different zones in your home, and configure the climate (temperature, fan speed, etc.) in each zone individually. This allows for much flexibility in terms of controlling the climate in different areas of a home.

In addition, only the air vents are visible as opposed to the bulky wall units required by split system air conditioning. So if you like an uncluttered look for your home, a ducted reverse cycle may suit.

  1. Energy Efficiency

Over the years, the energy efficiency of ducted air conditioners has improved significantly. New models now consume far less power than older models. And with the advent of the “Inverter” technology, air conditioners now feature high energy star ratings.

Inverter technology intelligently scales the power mode of an air conditioner up or down, effectively achieving the desired temperature with minimal energy wastage. This means that once your desired temperature is achieved, the unit will scale down to very low power consumption, just enough to maintain that temperature.

  1. Easy Maintenance

Ducted air conditioners are easy to maintain. All you have to do is have the ducts professionally cleaned, and the compressor serviced periodically.

Inverter Technology

Although Toshiba was the first company to introduce the Inverter technology, most top brands today such as Mitsubishi, Samsung and Carrier all have models that feature Inverter technology. What’s so special about an inverter system? Very simply put, it helps your air conditioning system “scale up” or “scale down” its output.

For instance, if you set your desired temperature for a room to 18°, and your air con thermostat detects that the room is currently at 16° (over-cooled), the inverter technology kicks in to reduce the power and scale down cooling performance. When the room temperature rises above 18°, it then increases the power to compensate.

Many people in Adelaide consider inverter technology to be like the “cruise control” for air conditioning. This “scaling” allows the system to conserve power and makes it a lot more efficient than other systems without the technology. See the image above for a quick explanation of how inverters work.

These days most reverse cycle air conditioning systems come with inverter technology. It's a technology that makes them more economical to run.

Unobtrusive Design

Reverse Cycle air conditioning can come in two forms. The multi head split system reverse cycle consists of a central compressor, with wall units or heads installed into each room that you wish to cool or warm.

Ducted ACs do not have wall units. Air is distributed throughout a home via air vents in the ceiling. This makes it the most unobtrusive design. An indoor compressor generates the cold or warm air and blows it through these air vents.

Zoning Control

All recent models of ducted reverse cycle air conditioning come with advanced zoning controls. You can divide a home into up to 8 zones, and set a different climate for each zone.

Each zone’s climate can be controlled with a wide selection of presets. These include temperature settings, power modes, timer functions, airflow settings, and many more.

The benefit of zoning control is that you can individually set the climate for each section of your home. This translates into cost savings and a customised level of comfort.

Each system comes with an extensive set of user settings that can be controlled via an advanced remote controller. From various operating modes, to zoning, to climate controls, as well as timer functions, each unit gives the user ultimate control over their heating or cooling.

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Should You Install Ducted Air Conditioning in Adelaide?

Ducted air conditioning is usually a good fit for any home in Adelaide. It is a very versatile option that can fit most layouts and requirements. However, there are a few scenarios where a split system or even an evaporative may be more suitable.

Let’s take a look at some factors that should be considered when deciding if ducted reverse cycle is for you and fits well your home in Adelaide.

Layout

The layout of your home can have a major bearing on what you choose. How large or how complex your layout is, and whether you have more than one storey, will determine the most suitable type of air conditioning.

Generally, for standard sized single storey homes in Adelaide with 2-3 bedrooms, split system air conditioning would quite suitable. It is easy to install, and maintenance is straightforward.

A wall unit can be installed into each bedroom and one in the living/dining. Normally a single compressor can support a sufficient number of wall units for such a home. Since each unit is controlled separately, you only turn on the air conditioning where it is needed. All in all, an ideal scenario.

However, if you have a larger, multi-storey home, with a more complex layout, a ducted air conditioner may be more suitable.

The ducted air conditioner is ideal for covering those hard to reach areas. For multi-storey homes, especially, the ducts can be run from the roof, down through multiple floors, providing an all-in-one system.

Budget

Depending on how much budget you can set aside for air conditioning, you will need to scale your options accordingly.

In terms of upfront costs, ducted air conditioning typically is more expensive than a split system and evaporative.

When it comes to running costs, both the ducted reverse cycle and split system air conditioners are very similar.

The evaporative air conditioner is the undisputed winner in terms of low running costs. Since it uses an evaporative process, as opposed to a refrigerating process, it consumes significantly less power (one-tenth!) than the others. If long term running cost is your concern, definitely take a closer look at the evaporative systems, especially since they are well suited to the dry heat of Adelaide.

Decor

This may seem like a small consideration but to some homeowners, design and interior decor is critical. For those who prefer a minimalist look and feel, the ducted reverse cycle air conditioner is a perfect fit.

Since all the ducting is hidden in the roof and wall spaces, all that remains visible are the air vents, which are installed “flushed” into the ceiling or walls.

This look accentuates your interior decor, as opposed to split system air conditioners, which require a bulky wall unit to be installed into each room that requires air conditioning.

So to decide if ducted air conditioning is suitable for you, you will need to evaluate all the above. And the best thing to do is to consult with a reliable heating and cooling company like Jim's Heating & Cooling in Adelaide.

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